SECRETARY OF THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: Tagaloa Sharon Potoi

‘Nepotism’ claims rejected

The government has swiftly rejected claims of nepotism and favouritism with regards to the selection and awarding of government scholarships. The Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Staff Training and Scholarship Committee (S.T.S.C.), Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, said the claims against himself, the Committee and the Secretary of the Scholarship Committee, Tagaloa Sharon Potoi, making rounds on blogs and social media, are unfounded.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Granduncle guilty of raping niece

A 60-year-old granduncle was yesterday convicted for raping his 13-year-old niece following an Assessors’ trial. Ioane Peni of Apolima is charged with seven sexual related charges.

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Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Cabinet to decide on C.E.O. for Games Organising Committee

Cabinet is to have the final say on the Chief Executive Officer of the 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee. That’s according to Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who said his Cabinet were deliberate last night on the appointment of a Chief executive.

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World

Athletes from North and South Korea march together, led by a unification flag, during an opening ceremony for the 14th Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said.

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Louise Anna Turpin, left, and David Allen Turpin.

No fire inspection records where 13 children held captive

City officials could find no records that the fire department conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents.

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Sport

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Lima Sopoaga’s hints at playing for Manu Samoa

All Blacks and Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga isn't ruling out a switch to represent Samoa in the future as he embarks on his last Super Rugby season before heading to the UK to play for English side Wasps, TVNZ reports.

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MANU COACH: Sir Gordon Tietjens.

Sevens progress impress C.E.O.

Samoa Rugby Union C.E.O. Faleomava’ega Vincent Fepulea’i has praised the performance of the contracted Rugby 7’s players so far after the first two legs of the Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town last month.

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Street Talk

Lupesoliai Parker gets the support

It’s signed and sealed. Samoa’s Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa Joseph Parker will take on Anthony Joshua in what will be the biggest fight of his life. The fight will take place in Cardiff Wales on 31 March 2018. Do you think Lupesoliai is ready for the fight? We asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…Guiseppe’s Papa came from a family of fishermen. In fact, for 300 years the men in his family had been fishermen in the country of Sicily. His Papa eventually moved to San Francisco where he continued their fishing business. Eventually they had 9 children.

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No need to burn our bridges over Australia and China row

The truth is simple enough. Australian Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells might have sounded rather undiplomatic in her criticisms of China’s aid to the Pacific region but we cannot deny that she does have a very valid point.

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Letters to the Editor

Re: Complete rubbish Hahahaha PS Jeffrey you’re starting to sound like your uncle; rubbish this, rubbish that, anyone that says anything about the government is rubbished.

Re: P.M. on China I have said this many times; the only thing China wants is a vote for them in the UN. China is doing this in many countries, and they are controlling these countries like puppets.

Dear Editor Re: Petition to Parliament As the saying goes, “Nothing ventured nothing gained.” Ae malo le lafolafo ma le faasoa i lau Susuga. Attorney Iuni Sapolu represents the S.S.I.G. organization in Samoa, along with many fine residents of Samoa, ...voters if I may add. These are the brave hearts who marched, protested in rallies and are now going to PETITION the Goliath of Samoan politics for the last 30 years, to Repeal L.T.R.A. 2008, or take a hike.

Entertainment

Elton John arrives at Elton John's 70th Birthday and 50-Year Songwriting Partnership with Bernie Taupin celebration in Los Angeles. Elton John is headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show. The Recording Academy announce

U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar to perform at Grammys

U2 and Elton John are headed to the Grammys to help the organization celebrate its 60th awards show. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Technology

Apple Store at an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, China. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, Apple announced it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. ec

Apple to build 2nd campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall from the country's new tax law.

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